Abbey Klein, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330

Phone: 402-559-4270



  • 2018, BSN, UNMC
  • 2023, PhD, UNMC


Dr. Klein is an assistant professor and nurse scientist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. She received her associate degree in nursing from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE. She received her bachelor of science in nursing, family nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate, and PhD in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Her dissertation research focused on urinary incontinence self-management in midlife, rural-dwelling women.

Dr. Klein dedicated much of her education to the provision of service, both within the UNMC College of Nursing and to the UNMC community at-large. She served on the UNMC Student Senate, CON Nursing Doctoral Student Organization, and several faculty-led committees. She is continuing her student advocacy efforts as the Faculty Mentor to the Nursing Doctoral Student Organization.

Dr. Klein is committed to ensuring the next generation of nurses and nurse practitioners receive a quality education. She currently teaches in the undergraduate pharmacology courses. She seeks to ensure each student feels a sense of belonging. She is looking forward to educating and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in the years to come.


Research Interests

  • Women’s health
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Rural health
  • Health policy
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Qualitative methods

Grant Support (Previous 5 years)

July 2022-May 2023
Presidential Graduate Fellowship, $36,600, Klein, A. (P.I.)

July 2021-June 2022
Program of Excellence Fellowship, $36,000, Klein, A. (P.I.)

January 2021-May 2021
Muriel Munchrath Award: Sigma Theta Tau-Gamma Pi Chapter, $500, Klein, A. (P.I.)

January 2021-June 2021
Research!America Micro-Grant, $1,500, Klein, A. (Co-P.I.)

October 2020-May 2021
Kate Field Grant-in-Aid, $10,000, Klein, A. (P.I.)

July 2021-June 2022
Program of Excellence Fellowship, $36,000, Klein, A. (P.I.)


Gonzales, K., Hanish, A.E., Klein, A., Stappert, D., Zegers, C., Holmes, L., & Fiandt, K. (2020). Perceived Impact of Faculty Practice on Nurse Practitioner Education. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36, 181-188.

Klein, A. J., Mollard, E., & Eisenhauer, C. (2021). Self-Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women: A Concept Analysis. Urologic Nursing, 41(4), 195-207.

Gonzales, K., Holmes, L., Klein, A., Struwe, L., & Hanish, A. (2023). Faculty Practice as an Educational Strategy: Student, Faculty, and Administrator Perspectives. Nurse Educator, 00(0), 1-6.

Gonzales, K., Holmes, L., Klein, A., Struwe, L., & Hanish, A. (2023). Academic Nursing and Faculty Practice. Nurse Educator, 48(2), E53-E58.


2023-Present, Faculty Mentor, Nursing Doctoral Student Association

2022-2023, Student Representative, PhD Affairs Council

2020-Present, Member, Nebraska Rural Health Association

2019-Present, Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society

2019-Present, Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (Gamma Pi Chapter)

2019-2023, Secretary (2019-2021)/Co-President (2021-2023), Nursing Doctoral Student Organization

2019-2022, Student Representative, Evaluation and Effectiveness Committee

2019-2022, Student Representative, Dean’s Student Advisory Council

2020-2023, Member, Graduate Student Association

2020-2023, Member, UNMC Student Delegates

2019-2021, Member, Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Committee

2019-2021, 2022-2023, Member, UNMC Student Senate


2021-2023, UNMC College of Nursing, Creating Writing Award

2021, Nebraska Action Coalition, 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader

2019, Sigma Theta Tau, Induction